Pirates Transactions: Pirates Keep Wilfredo Ledezma, Dump Brandon Moss

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Pirates Transactions: Bucs Re-Sign Wilfredo Ledezma, Outright Jeff Clement, Brandon Moss

The Pirates made a number of moves today, avoiding arbitration with reliever Wilfredo Ledezma by signing him to a one-year deal, and outrighting first baseman Jeff Clement, outfielder Brandon Moss, and pitchers Justin Thomas, Steven Jackson and Sean Gallagher to Indianapolis.

Moss, Thomas and Jackson can all now become minor league free agents. There might be a minor uproar about Moss, who had a superficially nice-looking year in Indianapolis in 2010, but he hasn’t done much to continue to deserve a roster spot at this point. Gallagher can become a minor-league free agent on Saturday, but the Pirates would like to keep him. Clement will not be a minor-league free agent, but he will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, so it will be interesting to see if any other team is willing to take a flyer on him knowing that he’ll have to stay on their 40-man roster all year. I’m betting he’ll still be with the Pirates come Spring Training.

I love the move to keep Ledezma – his strikeout rates at both Class AAA and the majors and his outstanding velocity suggest that he could be a valuable arm out of the bullpen. He has a spotty history and he isn’t young, but his velocity has improved lately, and his strikeout rates for the Pirates this year were much better than his ERA suggested. The Pirates haven’t announced the terms of his signing, but it probably isn’t for more than a million bucks or so.


Pirates Claim Pitcher Chris Leroux From Marlins

The Pirates have claimed reliever Chris Leroux from the Marlins. Leroux, 26, is tall and has a good fastball, so he’s the sort of pitcher the Bucs tend to like. He also tends to post good strikeout and walk numbers, so even though he’s struggled some in both the majors and in Class AAA this season, there’s a chance he’ll improve. He’s definitely a better use of a roster spot than Brian Bass, who the Pirates designated for assignment to take his place. Bass is pretty much the definition of a replacement-level pitcher.


Pirates Promote Eight Players

With the end of Class AAA Indianapolis’ season, the Pirates have promoted pitchers Brad Lincoln, Brian Bass, Justin Thomas and Steven Jackson, catcher Jason Jaramillo, shortstop Pedro Ciriaco, and outfielders Brandon Moss and Alex Presley. See Bucs Dugout for analysis.


Bucs Recall Pitcher Joe Martinez

The Pirates have recalled pitcher Joe Martinez.

Martinez was acquired along with John Bowker for Javier Lopez at the trading deadline. He’s a bit of a soft-tosser who’s had some success in the minors but is very unlikely to be an impact player in the majors.

Martinez will take Brian Burres’ spot in the bullpen, as Burres moves to the rotation to take over for Jeff Karstens, who will skip his start tomorrow due to shoulder fatigue


Former Giant John Bowker To Join Pirates

Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have recalled first baseman / outfielder John Bowker, and sent Jeff Clement to Indianapolis to begin a rehab assignment.

Bowker has posted consistently excellent minor league numbers throughout his career, but just as consistently, he has failed to produce at the big-league level. Still, as a bit of an unknown, I’d probably rather have him out there than Ryan Doumit or Garrett Jones at this point. Like Jones, though, Bowker is left-handed, so playing time may be tough to come by.


Bucs Place Jeff Clement On DL; Recall Justin Thomas

The Pirates have placed Jeff Clement on the DL with “left knee irritation” and have recalled reliever Justin Thomas from Indianapolis.

This is a very minor move – Clement wasn’t playing much anyway, and Thomas was likely to come up when rosters expand September 1, so this just means he’s here a week early.


Pirates Send Erik Kratz To Indianapolis, Activate Ryan Doumit

The Pirates have sent Erik Kratz back to Indianapolis to make way for Ryan Doumit, who had been on the DL. Kratz just came up a couple of weeks ago to make his major league debut at the age of 30; that was fun while it lasted, I suppose. Doumit will act as Chris Snyder’s backup, and will also pick up time in right field and perhaps at first base. As I wrote at Bucs Dugout, I’m not a big fan of having Doumit play anywhere other than catcher or pinch-hitter. True, he’s a dreadful defensive catcher, and acquiring Snyder to replace him as a starter was a good move, but he appears to be a bad defensive first baseman too, and the Pirates already have young starters at all three outfield positions.


Justin Thomas Optioned For Chan Ho Park

Via Dejan Kovacevic

#Pirates option LHP Justin Thomas back to Indianapolis to make space for Chan Ho Park.less than a minute ago via web

Park will be available for the Pirates tonight against the Rockies.


Pirates Claim Chan Ho Park, Designate Steven Jackson For Assignment

The Pirates have claimed pitcher Chan Ho Park from the Yankees. To make room for Park and Resop, the Pirates moved Steve Pearce (who’s out for the season) to the 60-day DL and designated Steven Jackson for assignment. I would imagine Jackson will clear waivers and wind up back at Class AAA Indianapolis.

Like I said earlier, I love the Resop addition. Park is less of a slam dunk, but he has the ability to go multiple innings if the Pirates need him to. He was awful this year with the Yankees, though, and it’s amazing he’s still around, since his history since leaving the Dodgers in 2001 has been checkered, to say the least.


Pirates Transactions: Bucs Claim Chris Resop From Braves

The Pirates have claimed pitcher Chris Resop from the Braves. This move costs the Pirates nothing, so there shouldn't be high expectations for it, but Resop had excellent stats for Class AAA Gwinnett this year, and an out clause in his contract in June had other teams salivating. The Braves managed to hold onto him for a while, but they finally had to cut him, and the Pirates pounced. He can start or relieve. He's a hard thrower, which the Pirates probably like.

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